Nominations are now open for the 2008 SC Magazine Awards, which salute the security industry's best products, services and professionals.

Now in their 11th year, the SC Magazine Awards serve as a barometer for the security industry, highlighting the best and brightest companies and IT security professionals in North America.

This year's program features 30 categories, including the popular Reader Trust Awards, which are selected in voting by SC Magazine subscribers, the Excellence Awards, and the Professional Awards. The Reader Trust Awards include categories for the best of anti-spam, web filtering, multi- and second-factor authentication, audit and vulnerability assessment, event/policy management, and more.

The Excellence Awards, decided by an expert panel of 17 industry leaders assisted with input from nominees and, in some cases, test results from West Coast Labs, honor the security market’s best security companies and products. They include categories for the top security solutions targeting the SMEs and enterprises marketplaces and regulatory compliance as well as the No. 1 security vendor and the security rookie-of-the-year.

The Professional Awards recognize the industry’s leading security professionals and certification and training programs. These include Editor's Choice Award, presented by SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong, the CSO of the Year Award and the best security team.

A complete list of the categories is available here.

Nominations are open until Sept. 14, with changes to the nominated products and services closing on Sept. 21. Voting for the Readers Choice Awards begins Oct. 1. The winners of the SC Magazine Awards 2008 will be announced April 8, 2008, in San Francisco in conjunction with the annual RSA Conference.

Nearly 10,000 SC Magazine readers took part in the 2007 version of the awards, and more than 500 industry leaders attended the 2007 SC Magazine Awards Gala in San Francisco.

For more information on the SC Magazine Awards, contact Pilar Mustafa at 646-638-6059.